CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is working to assess damage to several roads in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Stanly counties due to recent heavy rains. Each case presents its own unique set of challenges for maintenance and bridge forces, and some areas cannot yet be assessed until water levels recede.
Some closures will not have posted detours if less than 300 vehicles use the road per day. Motorists should not attempt to drive through or around barricades for their own safety.
John White Road is closed between Cal Bost Road and Flowes Store Road East in Midland. A pipe failure washed away shoulder and asphalt, exposing some utilities;
Walker Road is closed between N.C. 49 and Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant. A pipe failure has exposed an unsupported tunnel under the roadway;
Zion Church Road is closed at Flowes Store Road west of Mount Pleasant. An end section of pipe has collapsed, causing pavement failure;
Harris Road is closed between Poplar Tent Road and the Skybrook subdivision. A section of pipe has been crushed, causing damage to the shoulder and travel lane; and
Bowman Barrier Road is down to one lane between Hahn Scott Road and Long Run Farm Road in Mount Pleasant. A possible pipe failure is reportedly causing voids underneath the asphalt.
Gilead Road is closed at McCoy Road in Huntersville. A pipe failure has caused the roadway to sag several feet. A detour is in place for traffic;
Bud Henderson Road is closed west of Gilead Road in Huntersville. A sinkhole has formed in the pavement due to possible pipe failure; and
Autumncrest Road is closed in Huntersville due to a washout.
Nelson Mountain Road is closed near N.C. 73 west of Albemarle due to a pipe collapse;
Pole Running Road is closed north of Locust due to debris collection below the bridge structure. Part of the travel lane and shoulder have also been damaged;
Bridgeport Road is closed northeast of Oakboro, as floodwaters have washed away the bridge railing. Current water levels will not allow access to make repair assessments; and
Fink Road is closed at Austin Road west of Albemarle due to a structure failure.
NCDOT offers these safety tips for driving in wet weather:
Allow more travel time and keep vehicle tires and brakes in good working condition. Buckle your own seat belt and secure children in child safety seats or booster seats in the back of the vehicle;
- Reduce your speed and drive defensively. Motorists should drive at least five to 10 miles per hour slower on wet pavement and allow at least twice the normal following distance between cars to provide ample room for stopping. Keep a distance between your car and the one in front of you. Be ready for a sudden stop. Remember that the driver behind you cannot see well either. Signal for turns ahead of time and brake early as you near a stop. Be patie